Thursday, 8 November 2012

Skyfall

Hi,
Life at uni is hard. Have just handed in my first assessed work yesterday. Sat in the library from 13 till 1 Sunday and again from 18 till 8 Monday. I had told myself for the first non assessed hand-in that it was the last time I would leave it till the last minute to do work, but it didn't work as you see. I'm okay pleased with the work I did, as it was my research - all the reading - that pushed the actual reading back.
So today I decided to treat myself to a little fun. I went to the cinema, with some of the guys from my flat, to see Skyfall (thank you for the free ticket). It was AMAZING. Judi Dench at her best and Javier Bardem WOW, so creepy yet so amazingly comical. I love the new direction Bond has gone in, from physical to psychological and a little physical fighting. For the last couple of scenes I was halfway behind my jacket hiding from Javier Bardem's amazing portrayal of Silva, and I say halfway because even though Silva is definitely the villain Bardem manages to bring a soft side to the character as well.
I have never heard the audience laugh that much while watching a Bond film before, at least not to my recollection, another thing I think is amazing about this bond film.
So all in all GO SEE IT!!!!

Tomorrow, Friday, I fly off to Sweden to see my amazing friend. I haven't seen her in nearly 3 months, can't wait. Hopefully I will be able to post some pictures and other fun stuff when I come back. I have two essays due for when I come back, but as soon as they are out the way. It will be blogging time.

A final thing that is close to my heart, THANK YOU for reelecting BARACK OBAMA America. Went to bed last night scared of what today would bring, but America you proved the critics wrong and chose the man most fit to run a country which is an enormously powerful player in international politics. Thank you!
Until next time, keep safe and do go see Skyfall. Best wishes Sasha

Friday, 8 June 2012

DIY - cutlery storage

The blog has been very quiet lately. There are many reasons for this, one I haven't had anything I wanted to share, have been working, been contemplating my move to Uxbridge and finally I have used up the Internet I have available on my stick.

Anyway back to my cutlery, that this post is really about. I bought a set of 48 spoons, forks, knifes and teaspoons (enough for 12 people) about a year and a half ago. They had still to move out of the box, and inspired by Sherry and John from www.YoungHouseLove.com and their "Dude, Get On That Already" project, I found instructions for cutlery keepers made from tea towels, in my folder of things I want to try to make, and set about making them. I will share how I constructed mine, since I did not follow the instructions entirely.

You need:
Cutlery


Tea towels - I used four of the cheapest I had (from IKEA)
Needles
Ribbon - for tying the whole thing in the end
Scissors

1) Fold the tea towel having the right side facing downwards. Place your cutlery on it to measure how deep you want the pockets for them - you should aim to have about a half to a whole cm of cutlery free.
Pin both sides.
(This is the only picture I have of this step - I forgot to place some cutlery to illustrate proportions.)
2) I decided to sew both side seams first to make sure they were secure and would not move about.
Before sewing however we need to add the ribbon. This is done by measuring out two 20 cm strips, and placing them on top of each other. Then place them in the middle of the turned up piece in between the two pieces of fabric. As illustrated below.

For the sewing, sew a straight line 0.8-1cm in from the edge and add a zigzag out towards the edge. (Remember to sew back and forth at the beginning and end plus at the ribbon to secure)

3) Now place the chosen cutlery and measure out the size of the pockets for the cutlery.

(I only need to mark with two pins as I had vertical lines in the weave to navigate from, but you might need more depending on your tea towel's weave)
Once you have pinned, you want to check that the cutlery does indeed fit into the pocket you have created.

4) Proceed to mark all the pockets you need for all the cutlery. Making sure, as you move along, to check that the cutlery fit into the pockets.

5) You are now ready to sew the pockets. Sew in straight lines from the pin at the one end to the corresponding pin at the other end. Making sure to secure the threat by sewing back and forth at both ends.
6) When it is all sewed you can place the cutlery in their spots. Fold down the top part of the tea towel and the roll it and tie the ribbon.

You are now the proud owner of your own tea towel cutlery holders.


If you try your hand at this DIY I would love to see it.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Impressions of Northern Italy

Here are a few pictures I took on my recent trip to Italy - well recent-ish, it was in week 7.

View from the airplane flying to Italy

Views from the car driving down from Madesimo after five days of skiing.

Fork clip seen in the window of a kitchen furniture shop in Milano






The mordern thing on the roof is a pop up restaurant

Apparantly someone goes around Milano putting these sticker things on the signs. I like the design and it doesn't take away the meaning of the signs. :)

I would have loved to bring this lamp home, unfortunately I didn't think fast enough - so it stayed in Milano.

 
At first I didn't know why I had taken this picture, but when you look closely you can see why. It was taken on our way from Milano to somewhere - I'm afraid I have forgotten the name.

Isn't it a sweet little house? Very fairytale like. This is not in Milano, but I can't remember the name of the town.

This was the house of a ropeway going up on top a mountain where there are a lot of chapels displaying the stations of the cross. Quite an experience.

The two pictures above show cabbage that was used for decorations. I have seen them used in New York as well, apparantly they are a very easy and robust plant.

That is all for now, I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Until next time keep safe. :)

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Spring and flowers

So I'm back at my grandparents and the sun is shining, that reminded me of the last time I was here two weeks ago. The sun was shining and the spring flowers had just started blossoming. So here is a little spring blossom for you from two weeks ago:

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

DIY - Flower Pendant

I am a big fan of the blog Young House Love. When I recently came across it I decided to look at some of the previous projects to see if they were something I should follow (good projects are a must for me). Gosh I was in for a treat Sherry and John have undertaken sooooo many fantastic things. I will definitely try to get my fingers on a copy of their book. :)

Anyway, to the DIY.
 
I saw this DIY and just had to make it. Picture from Young House Love find the post here: Makin a mobile.


I did not have any thin wire, so mine is not as whimsical. I used the wiring that was in the "stem" of the flowers - I stripped them of the plastic coating and then shaped them into hoops that I joined by the aid of my gluegun.
Using a hobbyknife, carefully, cut a split in the little plastic thing that holds the flower to the stem. Then place it on the metal wire and glue in place. Repeate process and you should be left with:

I found it was easier to glue some flowers in clusters and then glue them to the structure.

It does not look anything like the mobile Sherry and John made, but I still like it. Thank you so much for the inspiration. Keep up the good work.




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